The Faculty Senate has approved an Advanced Graduate Certificate (AGC) in Philosophy Program, which is a 30–credit program designed to prepare a student to write a dissertation within his or her area of emphasis.

While Holy Apostles does not yet have a Ph.D. in Philosophy program, it does have an interest in preparing students to be successful in one should a student decide to pursue a European research doctorate or advance into a program offered by Holy Apostles should the day come that we receive approval for one.

The program is open to students who do not have an MA in Philosophy. Students wishing to pursue this certificate who fall into that category will need to take two graduate courses to prepare them for entry into the AGC in Philosophy. These are propaeduetic courses and do not count toward the completion of the certificate. They are PHH 605 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy and PHH 620 Modern and Contemporary Philosophy. – 6 credits

Those who enter with an MA in Philosophy already in hand will begin their coursework with the program core courses. These are heavy research courses with a great deal of 1 to 1 engagement with your faculty member and with the other members of your group over the course of the development of a 25-page research paper for each course.

Program Core – 12 credits
PHE 940 Selected Readings in Political Philosophy
This course engages the historical dimension of political philosophy as it has developed over time beginning with the confusion of Al-Farabi over the relationship between Plato’s Republic and Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, and the impact of Aristotle’s Politics during the Scholastic and Enlightenment eras.

PHH 940 Skeptical Skepticism
This course engages the historical development of our philosophical anthropology from Descartes’ Meditations through the present day in modernity’s movement away from the Thomistic synthesis.

PHH 950
Radical Autonomy vs. Participated Theonomy
This course engages the moral dimension of the relationship between radical autonomy and participated theonomy as a crucial distinction between the Enlightenment and Scholastic periods.

PHS 940
Being in Nature
This course engages in a structural manner the relationship between Platonic idealism and Aristotelian realism in light of the Thomistic synthesis.
Emphasis Areas – 12 credits
Four directed studies set up on the tutorial system.
These are also heavy research courses with a great deal of 1 to 1 engagement with your tutor over the course of the development of a 25-page research paper for each course. The focus of this four-course sequence is worked out in advanced between the student and the tutor.

Electives – 6 credits

Any in cognate relation to one’s emphasis area. These can be courses from within the MA program that are of particular interest to the emphasis area. In addition to the MA level coursework within them, students will engage in a short research project depending upon the interests of the instructor.

Capstone paper

This is a 30-page paper designed in the form of a dissertation scrutiny, and will include an exhaustive literature review of a topic within the student’s emphasis area.

To apply for this certificate program, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Rex, Director of Graduate Admissions

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